Sex offender arrested for attempted kidnappings in San Jose

David Lee Russell, 56, physically assaulted two girls and attempted to kidnap them on different days.

SAN JOSE (KRON)—A highly dangerous sex offender accused of trying to kidnap two young girls within the last week in San Jose has now been arrested.

Transient David Lee Russell, 56, was arrested around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in the area of Oakland Rd. and Charles Ave. in San Jose.

He was arrested on suspicion of attempted kidnapping, attempted kidnapping to commit a sexual offense, assault with intent to commit a felony, and an outstanding no-bail warrant for misdemeanor DUI, police said.

Numerous tips from the community helped police locate Russell.

He was found driving a silver Hyundai Sonata in the area of Oakland Road and Charles Street shortly after 9:30 a.m. Tuesday and arrested, police said.

On August 29, a young woman was walking on Meridian and Hamilton avenues when a suspect later identified as Russell assaulted her and tried to kidnap her.

A few days later on Thursday, the same thing happened to a young woman in the area of Hillsdale and Narvaez avenues. Russell was identified as a suspect in that case as well.

The 56-year-old man is a convicted sex offender who has violently assaulted women in the past. He is considered dangerous and known to frequent the city, according to police.

The San Jose Police Department said Russell will be booked into the Santa Clara County Jail for two counts of attempted kidnapping to commit a sexual offense, two counts of attempted kidnapping and two counts of assault with intent to commit a felony.

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